One Piece is one of the longest-running anime and manga series. The manga started publishing in 1997 and the anime came out in 1999. The story is given by Oda Eiichiro, who quickly stole the hearts of the public with his amazing art and story that tickles our fantasy. The story revolves around Monkey D. Luffy, who gathers a bunch of crew members to set sail and explore the world.
While doing so, he also wishes to find the legendary treasure named "One Piece" and become "King of the Pirates". Luffy sets out on his journey, gathering a group of people to join his crew. As a popular anime, it goes without saying that One Piece will have a bunch of amazing openings.
Opening songs in anime have always been important as they display the main cast and sometimes even spoilers to keep the audience hooked. To be honest, every opening song of One Piece is exceptional, but here are the best 10 of them according to us.
This is the latest opening of the series. Paint has a slow pace and perfectly sets the mood for the challenging fight the Straw Hats have to face. There are a lot of notable moments such as the conflict and determination Yamato shows when going against her father.
One scene shows Luffy sinking in the water while Law and Kid pull him out and throw him toward Sunny. This shows that they have his back. Another notable moment was how the Straw Hats were shown in pairs but then Jinbe came alone and Luffy hugs him suddenly.
When Sanji left the crew in the second half of the series, Luffy didn't hesitate to go and save him even if that meant invading the territory of the Yonko, Big Mom. The opening seems like a message from Luffy to Sanji saying how grateful he was to have met a friend like him.
Luffy asks why he is fighting alone and giving up on his dream. Another question was what kind of future Sanji is prepping himself for. The visuals are basically centred around Sanji. Luffy tries to reach out to him but misses, depicting how Sanji refused to go back with him. We also see the Germa 66 and the top commanders of the Big Mom pirates for the first time.
8. Hands Up
Hands Up is a cheerful opening that perfectly complements the first arc after the Straw Hats enter the New World. The opening visual with Luffy at the centre and all the straw hats around him having a relaxing time was one of the best in the series.
The outstanding visuals and classic fight scenes set this opening apart from the others. Not to mention, we see the first glimpse of the iconic meeting between Law and Luffy.
7. One Day
This opening has always been important since it covered the main arc of the series. One Day centers around Luffy's relationship with Ace. The lyrics and visuals depict what Ace meant for Luffy as the latter was a crybaby but always wanted to be stronger like Ace.
The song can be quite overwhelming for those who know the tragic events that took place in the war. It was the time when Luffy hit rock bottom. It was surreal to see our cheerful protagonist reduced to a mess.
6. Hikari e
A bright and cheerful song perfect for the adventure awaiting the Straw Hats as they enter the Grand Line. Hikari e was released in both English and Japanese, both having their funky tone.
The fast-paced lyrics and visual keeps the audience hooked. Not to mention the opening monologue adds to its charm. After the monologue, all the straw hats are introduced and the visuals perfectly manage to capture their skills as well as personalities in one fluid scene.
5. Share the World
This opening lives up to its name, as it captures almost every important part of the series. This is the theme song for the Sabaody Archipelago where see glimpses of the Straw Hats fight with Kuma.
This arc was a huge turning point in the series, where the worst generations, marine elites, celestial dragons, and several important characters are introduced. Not to mention, it was where the straw hats got separated for two years.
The iconic scene in the opening where Hancock and Luffy are staring at each other was very clever. It wasn't clear whether she would be a friend or a foe, leaving us with something to think about.
4. Over the Top
The Wano Arc had kept us waiting for way too long. This opening was worth all the hype for this much-awaited arc. Over the Top has a retro Japanese vibe, perfectly matching the Wano theme which is also inspired by Japanese culture. It's the type of song, that the more you listen, the more hooked you get.
Over the Top starts with a major spoiler: Luffy is tied up and tries to free himself to fight Kaido. The visuals are perfect to keep us hanging as it shows you almost everything the arc has to cover, but the information is only bits in pieces. So, we can only keep guessing.
3. Kokoro no Chizu
Kokoro no Chizu is the type of opening that you never want to skip. It's the theme song of the Water Seven Arc and starts with the straw hats falling from the sky along with Going Merry.
This depicts the end of Skypiea Arc and the beginning of a new adventure. After that, we see the seamless transitions from the Long Ring Island scenes to the Water Seven ones.
2. Fight Together
This tear-jerking opening is just what we would expect after the tragic aftermath of the war as well as the separation of the straw hats. We also get to see what each straw hat is doing after being teleported to different places.
From the fan-favourite visuals of each straw hat joining the crew to Ace pushing Luffy to move forward, everything is close to perfection. Not to mention the lyrics that speak of Luffy's determination to stand up again after falling down and fight to keep his promise to his crew.
1. We Are
No matter how many openings come and go, "We Are" will always be fan-favorite. There's no replacement for the original. This timeless song was released in both Japanese and English, both equally amazing.
The catchy and upbeat tones are just what you'd expect from an adventure anime. The opening monologue has become somewhat of a trademark by now. Last year, on the occasion of completing 1000 episodes, the animation studio recreated this iconic opening into the current arc and theme, and it was just as captivating.